Posts by tag: FZR

Yamaha October 3, 2013 posted by

Why Paint it in Black ?? Yamaha OW01 (in Switzerland)

The colors on this one are all wrong. But below the fairing lies the real thing: a truly rare Yamaha FZR 750R aka the OW01. The price is modest with a BIN set at 8300 $ and having covered just 13.000 km.


1990 Yamaha FZR 750R (0W1) in Switzerland


A few words from the seller:

For sale a historically Special Motorcycle
with quick-locking aluminum tank and aluminum frame
and polished rims, very fast bike.


If you are looking for because you want to ride it, or know where to source a full original fairing, then this might catch you interest. You need to hurry up though as the auction is about to expire…


1990 Yamaha FZR 750R (0W1) in Switzerland


Yamaha September 17, 2013 posted by

Go for the bike, stay for the tulips: 1990 Yamaha FZR 750RR OW01 in Holland


Currently located in The Netherlands, here is a second gen 750RR with approximately 12,763 miles. This is one of the more coveted “homologation” racers we see on RSBFS, although being in Europe might make it a bit more difficult for US-based investors.

1990 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 for sale on eBay


Like the vaunted Honda RC-30, the OW01 was built to allow Yamaha to go Superbike racing with something special. These homologation machines are pretty close to being true “racebikes for the street” – remove the lights, turn signals and license plate and hit the track! The factory Superbikes were far more exotic than the homologated bikes, but even so they were based on these limited production machines.


From the seller:
From private collection, very original Yamaha OW01 from the second generation. As new with only 20.540 km (not miles!). All service is done (oil, brake fluids, sparkplugs, filters, etc.) Ready to go! Original delivered to Belgium so with Belgium paperwork, first registered in 1995.


The seller is located in Holland, but the bike will be delivered to Belgium (hint: try the beer there – it’s fantastic). It all comes down to price. This bike is being offered for an opening ask of $14,000 – with absolutely no takers thus far. Is the OW series not that interesting anymore, is the price out of line, or is it simply too far away from most buyers? You tell me. Check out the auction here, then jump to the comments and share your thoughts. Free RSBFS coffee mug for the best comment!


Go for the bike, stay for the tulips: 1990 Yamaha FZR 750RR OW01 in Holland
Sport Bikes For Sale September 4, 2013 posted by

Northwest Project: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

Redmond, WA – 25,106mi – $2,500 No Reserve

88FZR400_1 There is a reason that this bike is still considered one of the best handling bikes… because they are. And how does a 59hp inline-four blasting its way to 14,000rpm sound? Sounds great to me! You get all of Yamaha’s trick goodies of the day including, but not limited to, the EXUP system, widening the power band. All tucked into a lightweight package and covered in classic late-80’s Yamaha graphics.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay


This one comes to us from the great Northwest and could be a bargain, depending on what you are looking to get into. I wouldn’t call this one show queen by any means, not yet anyway. But what we do have here is an awesome winter project. You could wrench on this thing while the rain falls and be ready to ride it when spring comes around again.

From the seller:

I am looking to sell my 1988 Yamaha FZR 400. Has 25,106 miles, and has been taken good care of since I bought her outside of the issues mentioned below. A lot of the issues listed below I inherited from the previous owner(s) and I rode as is. Mostly cosmetic issues – I don’t have the time or the money to see her fixed up to the level of pristine that I would like, and so I want to pass her off to someone who would be able to do so. With a little bit of money and time, you will be able to take an already fantastic machine to another level. Handling in the corners is superb, and she has more than enough power and acceleration on the straights to put a smile on your face as you shift up at the higher RPM’s. I also have a set of rear pegs, and stock mirrors that will go along with the bike.

This bike is by far the most fun I’ve had riding a motorcycle, and I am very sad to sell her but it is time to move on.

The Good (work I have had done):
Rare rear seat cowl.
Front fairing has new red decals (not shown in pictures).
Carb work: cleaned, o-rings and manifolds replaced.
Oil changed 300 miles ago, new air filter.
All fluids changed, spark plugs changed.
Rebuilt Stator.
New Battery.
New chain, sprockets, and brakes recently serviced.
New Fuel Pump.
Upgraded forks.
Aftermarket Hindle exhaust.
Larger rear wheel.
Tabbed until next May.
Clean title in my name.
Service records during my ownership.
Not dropped during my ownership.

The Not So Good (issues I rode with as is):
A little rough around the edges.
Trip odometer does not work (likely a stuck gear inside the clocks) and I have it set at 999; the overall mileage counter is functioning and accurate.
Scratches on one side of the tank and on the bottom of the lower fairings on the Yamaha logo.
Has an idling issue (probably a Jet or Carb screw fix – I just don’t have the time).
Crack on the dash where the info lights are (neutral, high beam, etc).
No horn is currently hooked up.

No one has chomped on the starting bid of $2,500 yet, but it should happen. I would be all over this if I had the liquid assets, but that’s me and I love FZR400’s. This could be a real nice fixer-upper for the winter to have ready to ride when the sun starts to shine. I would put this bike in the low $3k range given the imperfections and work needed too make this awesome. If you’re interested, you can check out the auction here, but act fast!


Northwest Project: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Sport Bikes For Sale August 30, 2013 posted by

Sin City: 1989 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP

Las Vegas, NV – 18,025mi – $2,700 No Reserve


It’s always nice to see an older, and well cared for, FZR1000 pop up for sale. It just means that clean examples are not extinct and still around for those love to look at them and ride them. These are some damn good looking bikes. Anyone that knows and loves the older FZR1000’s know that this is the model to have. Yamaha had redesigned their liter bike, bumping displacement to 1002cc and horsepower up to 145. Now present was the EXUP system which further enhanced the bikes power delivery.

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay


This bike comes to us again from a collector in Vegas who looks to be parting with a few bikes, including this GSX-R Limited. Though this bike isn’t as rare as that Limited, it is still killer and a whole lot cheaper! It looks to be in well maintained condition and cared for as a collector piece.

From the seller: selling my 1989 yamaha fzr1000.this bike is in great shape and has 18k miles.i have done a cosmetic restore.the paint is in great shape and painted back to the original scheme which includes the pearl white.the paint alone was close to is all stock including the original windscreen and exhaust and signals.i even have the hard to find seat has been in my collection in my house for some years.starts right up and runs will be hard pressed to find a 89 fzr1000 in better shape.i can ship the bike but you will have to arrange the located in las vegas and if you are local you can contact me to come by and look at it.i reserve the right to end the auction early as i have it for sale locally.all sales are final and this motorcycle does not come with a warranty.


We do see these pop up from time to time, and for good reason! They are awesome bikes that feature good looks and an entry level bike to start a collection or enjoy some classic sport bike goodness. I would suspect this bike to go in the $4.5k-$5k range, but wouldn’t be all that shocked if it went for more. Bidding is only up to $2,700 with a little over a day left and the reserve non-existent. This one is going to a new home, will it be yours? Check out the auction here and do something about it.


Sin City: 1989 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP
Yamaha August 27, 2013 posted by

Bright Is Back Baby! 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance And Hines Edition

fz left
I thought the last time I had to see colors like this was back in the 90’s but boy are they back. Clothing racks across the country are now stocked full of fluorescent this and eye popping that.  The old FZR600 won’t even know it’s not 1992 anymore.

1992 Yamaha FZR600 for sale on eBay

fz tank
Nothing fancy here but as we get farther and farther away from 1992,  doesn’t your heart grow a little fonder?  As you can tell from the picture above it looks a little naked without the Vance and Hines stickers on the fairing.  Easy enough fix though.

fz front

It’s a low mile bike with under 7,000 miles.

The info on her:

This is a rare 1992 Vance & Hines FZR 600 in Great condition, Bike runs amazing and is very quick. It does have a couple cosmetic issues that are minor on tail section and I will try to show clearly in pics. It has a slip on V&H exhaust with a jet kit that was definitely installed right. I bought it from a woman that had it since 95 and she kept up well with maintenance 

Check out the auction here.


Bright Is Back Baby!  1992 Yamaha FZR600  Vance And Hines Edition
Sport Bikes For Sale June 25, 2013 posted by

Clean & Low Mileage 1996 Yamaha FZR600

Oakwood, GA – 3,300mi – $2,100 No Reserve


Yamaha fans, 90’s lovers, and people who just dig awesome stuff in general should check out this bike. Those who know the FZR600 know that it was a force to be reckoned with when came onto the scene, but after a few years it needed a revamp to keep pace with the other Japanese 600’s. This ’96 here represents the second golden age of the FZR’s lifespan before giving way to the R6.


The bike up for grabs here really hasn’t seen many miles with only 3,300 on the clock, and boy does it show! This is probably the cleanest FZR600 I have seen and one of the lowest mileage examples. Sure, these weren’t produced in low numbers to designate it “rare” back in the day. Because of that, they were ridden to death, thrashed, and generally mistreated by a large number of their owners. That’s what makes this survivor special. This one even has the stock pipe and the warning stickers still on the tank.

From the seller:


RARE double round headlights.

Bike is fast, everything works as new, brand new tires front and rear.

Just had fluids changed and carbs serviced from sitting…… 100% great running!!!!

Spent $1,500 on the above to get her into 100% no excuses condition.

Original condition not restored….. Cosmetic 8.5/9 out of 10. Running 10/10.

Can be driven anywhere, CLEAR TITLE in hand, ready to ride or be a collectors piece.

A slight scuff or scratch here or there but nothing too noticeable. SEE PICS.

NO RUST OR OXIDATION. Georgia Bike all of its life and BABIED.

If you have been looking for a clean FZR600 with some always-loveable mid-90’s bright and colorful graphics, then I think you have found it here with this bike. There isn’t anything that I can really pick apart about this bike, it’s super clean and there are plenty of high quality photos. It sounds like it’s owner has given it the love it deserves. I could see this bike going for $4k easily. You can check out the auction here, but don’t delay as there is only a couple days left!


Yamaha April 10, 2013 posted by

Homologated and loving it: 1987 Yamaha FZR 750R


The world of rare and collectable motorcycles is a funny place. You can go months with never seeing a particular bike, and then you can find four of them in a very short span of time. Feast or famine is the general rule, and today we feast on yet another pre OW-01 homologated Yamaha, the Genesis-powered FZR 750R.


Todays R model hails from sunny Florida and sports only 5,392 miles on the clock. There is some wear noted in the picuters (and by the seller), but overall this looks to be a pretty solid example of the model. This homologated bike never quite took off like the vaunted OW series, making it a bit of a sleeper in the rare sport bike world. As a result, prices are far closer to reality – which is a good thing for those of you reading along.


From the seller:

1987 Yamaha FZR 750R homologated for AMA racing and only 200 were made.
The bike runs and rides Excellent!

5392 mileage is actual!

Bike has a few small scratches on the tank and rear seat cowl. Paint is original and shows a small scuff on the right side mid fairing as well. Over all in Great Shape! Please ask any questions before you bid. Only serious buyers please.


This auction just started and has several days left to run. Despite RSBFS catching this one early, there are already a number of bidders in the fray, and the auction is up to $2,076 with reserve still in place. Considering that there have been 3 previous models posted on Rare in the last several weeks, you can get a pretty good idea of the market (hint: use the search function). For more infomation and pictures on this bike, click the link and jump over to the auction. Enjoy the feast of these rare homologations while you can; no telling when the market will dry up on the early FZR-R models.


Sport Bikes For Sale March 21, 2013 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP For Sale!

Venice, CA – 24,694mi – $2,325 with Reserve


It’s always nice to see an older, and well cared for, FZR1000 pop up for sale. It just means that clean examples are not extinct and still around for those love to look at them and ride them. These are some damn good looking bikes. Anyone that knows and loves the older FZR1000’s knows that this is the model to have. Yamaha had redesigned their liter bike, bumping displacement to 1002cc and horsepower up to 145. Now present was the EXUP system which further enhanced the bikes power delivery.


This bike comes to us from Venice, CA and as evidence by its storage conditions is taken care of. Check out the bikes in the background of this hanger! …and a plane.


The seller has a lot to say about the bike which I don’t need repeating.

Full history and all documentation from day one comes with this bike. Every receipt this bike ever generated is included. I have the original “pink slip”, California certificate of title, and the original purchase order from Simi Valley Cycles where this bike was purchased in June of 1989 for $8,000. I am the second owner of the bike. A divorce forced the sale from the original owner. The previous owner did an amazing job of keeping all service records, organized in a three-inch-thick, three-ring binder. He also kept the original owners manual, and all receipts.

Both original, stock keys are included.

There is a bill of sale from Thousand Oaks Yamaha from March of 1989 for $8,145. That was the 1st FZR 1000 the previous owner purchased, and it unfortunately was promptly stolen from Laguna Seca while he attended the USGP in 1989. So the bike you are bidding on is the bike he purchased from Simi Valley Cycles, to replaced the stolen one. I only mention that because it is rare to purchase a bike from a owner that has owned multiples of the same bike. He owned two FZR 1000. I have owned many.


For a bike with 24,694 miles, you wouldn’t believe it when you look at the bodywork. The condition of the bike shows a lot of TLC kept this bike looking new. The rear-sets, bar-ends, and turn signals, all the places you look for signs of a tip-over are all clean. The front right signal has a scratch, but not a tip over style scratch. More like something passed by the bike and scratched the signal. The lowers look amazing, there are a few scratches at the absolute bottom that look like they came from a ramp while the bike was being rolled onto the bed of a truck. You can only see them on your hands and knees. The right fork tube has a couple chips at the top of the leg. You can see the scratches in the photos. The paint quality is excellent and bright. The stock pipe is very good, but there are some signs of oxidation in the aluminum. There is also a very light abrasion at the front of the aluminum in the black paint on the weld. It is impossible to tell if it is from a tip over, or from something rubbing against it. But if it did tip over, that is the only sign. The bodywork and bar ends show no signs of a tip over. The tank is amazing and flawless. In the rear, there are abrasion scuffs and very small cracks from the seat where it sits on the rear side panels. Again, you can see the damage in the photos. The only way to see the flaws is by removing the seat. If the seat is in place, it’s almost impossible to see the scuffs. Finally, there is a piece of the tinted windshield that was broken off by the airplane’s tail while the plane was being parked. If I were keeping it, I would replace the tinted shield with a stock-looking clear screen, but it functions perfectly. The last 3″ of the screen on the left side by the mirror is where the screen is broken. The wheels have been powder coated and are in absolute immaculate condition. Finally, the last owner installed an alarm. I have removed the guts of the alarm, however he did put a light on the tail section directly above the tail light. You can see the tiny red lens in the pictures.

All in all, I would say the bodywork is 98%.

The bike starts perfectly, idles perfectly and runs like it’s 1989. The oil is fresh, the fluids are recently changed, and the Bridgestone Battlax BT012R’s look almost new. The bike is 100% ready to ride.

Model notes:

The 1989 was the second generation of the FZR 1000 series. I also have a 1989 FZR750RR OW-O1, and next to each other, you can see the similarities between the two models. The EXUP in the name describes the header-mounted servo motor that opens and closes depending on throttle position. In the mid-range, the servo motor closes the valve, giving more back pressure, and as a result more mid-range power. As the throttle is opened, the valve is opened and the pipe becomes 100% free flowing.

The OW-O1 is more rare, but if you enjoy twisting your right wrist, the FZR is the bike you’re looking for. It starts pulling around 3,000 and pulls hard all the way to it’s 11,500 redline.

Like I said before, the second gen FZR1000 is the better of the two and seems to be more sought after. The seller goes to great description in detail a few minor imperfections with the bike, which builds my confidence without seeing it in person. Hell, it even has the stock pipe with its full “EXUP” glory. Hard to find much fault in this bike. If you agree and want to make it yours, then check out the auction here!


This post dedicated to my biggest fan – Big Tex